After school program focusing on children struggling with math

Educator Name: Kendra Smith
School Name: Sandburg Elementary


I want to create a math intervention program for our most struggling students. Right now, our district offers additional support for students that struggle with literacy, but nothing to support students in math. After school, two times per week, students that have been identified by their teachers as needing additional support will come work with certified teachers, led by myself, in our library. They will have access to a Smart board, computer lab, and various math games and activities to support their learning. Parents will be asked to join their children during this program, and if they choose not to, they will at least come in to see what their child is working on before the children go home. The teachers participating in the program will work with the students' classroom teachers to select appropriate learning goals and to be sure that their work in the program aligns with what's expected of them in the classroom. The group will have frequent celebrations to recognize students' growth.

We have some highly-qualified teachers dedicated to helping students understand math. They are willing to give up their time after school to support these students. In doing so, these teachers will also be given an opportunity to collaborate about how to best support our most struggling learners. We will grow as teachers as we learn about new strategies and resources from one another. As students begin to grow in their understanding of math as a result of this program, they will begin to meet the grade-level expectations in their classrooms. Their teachers will, therefore, be able to accelerate their progress during their regular, everyday math period.

Our students who struggle in math need additional small-group or one-on-one instruction, as well as extra time to practice. We do not have any more time to fit this in during the day. Our students do not tend to receive adequate support at home, and the gap between what they should be able to do and what they can do continues to widen. Our goal is to close the gap. We want to help our most at-risk students feel successful while deepening their understanding of math. We want to help them become confident problem solvers in math and in their everyday lives.

Our most at-risk math students would receive the support. We will reevaluate every marking period to make sure that we're offering the program to everyone in need. We feel it's very important to involve parents in this program and empower them to see ways they can work with their child. Also, they need to be held accountable for committing to getting their children the support they deserve. We will also have our Spanish-speaking aide at the program to translate for students and support our communication with parents. The facilitators of the program will be highly-qualified teachers. I will organize and facilitate the program, and other teachers will there with me to coach students in math. We will have retired teachers or community volunteers there to execute activities and games, but all of the instruction will be designed by certified teachers.